Why We’re Happy with 2 under 2

Surprise!!!!! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you saw around Christmas we announced that we are adding to our little family! ❤ The beginning of March, we had an ultrasound to see what Baby #2 is, and found out, to our surprise, that we’re having another boy! (My husband was thrilled- he doesn’t have to build another room onto the house! Lol)

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Of course we were congratulated, but a lot of people asked us why we were pregnant again, if this baby was a “surprise” or even if it was planned. What in the world makes people ask such nosy and intimate questions?

We actually were surprised that I was pregnant because of some health issues I had been having. We actually thought I was pregnant about 3 months beforehand but turned out I had a huge ovarian cyst. Hence, we were told I wouldn’t be able to get pregnant for a while. The Lord had other plans.

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There are lots of reasons we’re happy with the boys’ age gap (#2’s due date is 1 month before Caleb’s 2nd birthday). Lots of them are personal preference…. And my very wise sister-in-law had always told me that the 2 year age gap is her favorite. I also noticed Caleb got along well with those around 2 years older than him and those children played well with him.

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How often or even how many children people have is their business and their business only. If they’re not taking handouts from the government, and especially if the people are married- let them choose their own path. For us, we believe that children are a blessing from the Lord and should be wanted & celebrated.

We’re so excited to be welcoming this baby in about 20 weeks!!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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DIY Rainbow Rice

Happy Wednesday, people! I know it’s been wayyyyyy too long since I had a “real” post up. Oh well. I’m really, really going to try to do better! Today I want to share with you this super easy project to put together for your toddler!

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I was needing a new, “big boy” activity for my son to play with while I cook supper in the afternoons. He’s pretty much given up his afternoon nap, so I have to get pretty creative to keep him out under foot. Up until recently I was letting him watch a movie (Thomas, Bible stories, ect), but I don’t like him having screen-time everyday, so I knew I had to come up with something.

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I wanted some kind of sensory play, so I decided on rainbow rice. Before having a child, I always thought it looked fun, so we took a quick trip to Dollar General (we took Grandmomma along with us!) to get the stuff I didn’t have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

-white rice (I got 3 bags for $.80 each)
– plastic box with locking lid
-food coloring
-plastic zipper bags
– small things to play in the rice with

All I did was put the rice in 4 different plastic bags and added food color to them. Then I just mixed and combined the rice with the color. I did a green, red, blue and a purple{ish}. Then I put them on paper plates to dry. Once it was dry, I poured it into the tub for Caleb to mix up and play with! 🙂

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I ended up getting some measuring spoons, a wooden spoon and some small party cups at DG plus I had some popsicle sticks on hand for Caleb to use for the activity. Let me tell ya, it kept him occupied for over an hour!!!! Momma score! Everytime some rice came out of the box I just told him, “oh no! Keep the rice in the box so you don’t run out!”, and he did his very best at keeping it in. After he was done, I just swept the floor in 5 minutes and was all cleaned up. 🙂

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Tell me, how do you keep your toddler occupied while cooking? Do you think rainbow rice would be a hit for your little one?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why I Love Cloth Diapering

I’ve only shared a little bit that I cloth diaper….I shared back a couple of months ago my super easy DIY cloth wipes and I hope to share in another post some things that have helped my cloth diapering journey. But, I’m not a 100%, full time cloth-diapering Mama. Why? Well, I don’t have enough cloth yet. Ha! Also, I really have no desire to do it full time, at least at this time in my life. But there are SO many reasons to cloth diaper, even doing it part-time and I want to share with you some of the reasons why I chose to cloth diaper (must to the dismay of my husband- at first!).

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It’s cheaper.

Ohhhhh, yeah frugal Mamas. I got my cloth stash (about 16 diapers) either gently used (from friends) or new for $5 or less per diaper. Yes, I’ve spent less than $100 in my cloth diapers & products for it, and have saved more than that in only 6 months!! The great thing about the diapers, is that if you take good care of them, they’ll last you kid after kid!

It’s healthier.

Here’s where I’m going to get a little crunchy on you. Did you know there are tons of yucky chemicals in your baby’s diaper? Right up against your baby’s important body parts for years, day in and day out….gross. Yeah, yeah, there are chemicals everywhere, but since I’m trying my best to rid them from my house, shouldn’t I atleast try to lighten the load of them up against my baby all the time? I feel so much better when my son is in his cloth….and, seriously. It has to feel better, too!

It’s easier on his bum.

Caleb has never had a bad case of diaper rash or anything like that, but he has gotten red a few times. After a day in cloth, it has completely gone away. Again I say- wouldn’t cloth feel better than diaper material?

It’s easier on the environment.

No, I’m not a huge go-green tree hugger, but it makes sense. There is less waste when you can reuse over & over again the same cloth diaper (and that’s why it’s cheaper, too….).

Before I had my son I thought I would never cloth diaper….but the more I talked to ladies who actually did it and read up on it (and read all the yuckies in diapers!!) I knew I wanted to cloth as often as I could. No, I don’t cloth through the night, or on long town trips. I also don’t cloth while traveling (some people don’t like you using their washing machine for them….imagine that! lol). But I cloth diaper on days we’re home or have little arrends to run and I am so thankful to have been introduced to this way to lessen our toxins in our home!

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Do you cloth diaper? Do you do it full time or part time? Are you interested in cloth diapering?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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How I Use Oils on my Baby

All throughout my pregnancy, I used Young Living oils for feeling my best. If I had a longer birth experience, I totally would have used them for that, too! 😉 So it is totally natural for me to use oils on my baby….here are my favorites & why I use them!

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When using oils on your baby (or child), V6 or coconut oil will become your BFF. Known as a carrier oil, it helps make the oils “go further” and it also helps dilute some of the hotter oils for baby’s sensitive skin.

I have used these 6 oils since my son was 6hrs old. He is currently a year old and, although we add different oils for different occasions, these are STILL my go-to oils for him!

I use 1 drop of R.C. diluted in V6 on his chest. RC stands for Respiratory Care.

A drop of Valor (or Valor II) on the base of his neck after a chiropractic adjustment.

2-3 drops of Gentle Baby on his head before bed. This is great for skin- it definitely helps his cradle cap, and it’s also a calming, relaxing scent.

Diluted Thieves on his feet! I do this before bed, when he gets up, and before we go into town. A baby can use all the immune system support he can get!

Tranquil & Rutavala; this is the bedtime duo! If I forget to apply these to Caleb, he doesn’t sleep/nap as soundly, nor does he go to sleep quite as quickly! I roll Tranquil on behind his ears and Rutavala on his big toes.

I hope this helps you on your path of a healthy lifestyle! If you want more information on Young Living, check out my page here, or if you’re ready to jump feet first into a oily lifestyle & join my community, you can sign up HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Cleaning My Baby’s Toys

I’m not a germaphobe. Really, I promise. Letting your child be exposed to some germs is perfectly fine. I mean, you can’t hide them away forever! I personally don’t disinfect all my child’s toys or anything they put in their mouth…plus, bleach? No way. I haven’t ever owned any in my life!

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So, what do I use? I use this amazing stuff called Thieves Cleaner! It’s so awesome, I’m in love!

I absolutely love that it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals or fragrances that could hurt my baby. It’s just another part of having a chemical-free, healthy home!

So, how do I clean the toys? If it can be in the water, I just put some thieves dish soap & warm water in the sink, soak the toys, rinse and let dry. Easy peasy! If the toy needs to be “spot cleaned”, I just put some thieves cleaner on a rag, and clean the toys. I usually do this before & after I have other children in our home.

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I am so thankful for all of Young Living’s products that help me keep my home toxin free, while supporting our immune system! Would you like to know more about Young Living? Check out all the info & other posts that I’ve shared HERE, or to sign up with the Thieves Kit go HERE. You definitely won’t regret supporting your family’s wellness!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Super Easy DIY Cloth Baby Wipes

Happy Monday! Did you know I started using cloth diapers on Caleb a couple months ago? We’re loving it! I love that we’re using less chemicals, easier on the environment, and they are better for his skin!

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But then, we ran into a problem. What do we do about wipes? You’ll have to have a separate bag for the disposable wipes and the cloth diapers….and it just wasn’t fun! So, my friend who taught me all about cloth diapers helped me out with making my own wipes. It’s so cheap, easy and chemical free!


You’ll need:

24 baby washclothes

Wipe container

Epsom salts

Young Living Lavender Oil

Water

Quart Jar

Directions:

Mix 6-10 drops of lavender oil & 2 tablespoons Epsom salts in a quart jar. Slowly add 2 cups hot water and stir until dissolved. Put 6 washcloths in the bottom of the wipe container, then pour 1/2 cup of the mixture over the 6 washcloths. Continue with the rest of the washcloths. You might have to play around with the amount of water for your desired “wetness” of the wipes.


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It’s that quick, easy & affordable!

And now through June 30, 2016, the Premium Starter Kit (which includes lavender!) is 10% off! You can sign up HERE, or learn more HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Our Must-Haves for Teething

Y’all, motherhood is awesome. It’s also crazy hard sometimes. You bring home this new bundle of joy and you’re completely in love. Then reality hits….hel-lo, this little person needs your constant attention, time and love. It does get easier though….until teething hits.

New moms and moms-to-be….teething can hit wayyyyy sooner than you ever thought or dreamed. My little one started teething at the ripe old age of 2 months old. His first tooth popped through at 5 months old (yes, 3 months of painful teething with nothing to show for it!), and his second one is almost through and he’s 6 months old. Just because my boy got teeth that early doesn’t mean that’s what will happen with your sweet baby. But when teething hits…Mama, you’d better be prepared!

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Today I want to share with you some of my FAVORITE products for handling teething discomfort for your poor baby. And moms-to-be, don’t put off getting this stuff for after baby is born…make sure you have the stuff now! It will will be here sooner than you think!

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The first thing I got Caleb was an amber necklace. NO, I don’t put it around his neck. I have lots of friends who let their babies do that, and that’s fine for them. That’s just not for me; I don’t feel comfortable with it. Amber beads are known for helping relieve pain. People ask me if I think it really works…and I believe it does! If we forget to put it back on his ankle after his bath, he’s definitely hurting and crankier. Once I put it back on, he settles down. SUCH a blessing! And, it’s super adorable and people are always commenting on it! 🙂 I got mine from a local herb shop, but I know you can get some on amazon.

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Say hello to Caleb’s favorite things! The amazing Sara from Saraisms sent Caleb these adorable teething rings! As the mom who cares about what goes into my son’s mouth, I appreciate that the wood is organic and so much safer than plastic!

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He adores snuggling with his teething lovey as he takes a nap, or on a chilly day out and about. I love the print- it’s so fun! The fabric piece can snap off so you can wash it when it gets soiled- so perfect!

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The teething toy can keep Caleb happy for a long time. Especially when he tooth is cutting, he will just sit in his highchair, chewing on and tossing it around. 🙂 It’s super handy to keep in my diaper bag, too!

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These oils are SUCH a blessing to have to help relieve teething discomfort! The above things I mentioned usually keep his fussiness and discomfort to a minimum, but on those really rough days….the big guns get brought it!

In my hand, I dilute a drop of Frankincense Vitality and a drop of Thieves Vitality with a “squirt” of V6 carrier oil and rub on his gums. He really enjoys it!

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I also rub Lavender & Copaiba undiluted along his jaw line. It always helps him calm down and stop acting like he’s uncomfortable. 🙂 And ALL of these oils come in the starter kit! You can learn more about Young Living HERE or sign up under me HERE, and I will send you a free guidebook to using oils with babies!

How did you get through the “terrible teething time”? How did you help ease your baby’s teething discomfort? It always hurts my “mama heart” to see him uncomfortable!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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